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Dr. Gregory B. Dudley

Dr. Gregory B. Dudley

Associate Professor

Ph.D. (2000) Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Contact Information
Email:gdudley [at]
Location Information
Office:5007 CSL
Lab:5405 CSL
Chemistry Research
Research Website
18 Graduate; 1 Postdocs

Research Interest

Natural products synthesis, synthetic methodology, and reaction processes for biomedical research

Our fundamental research goal is to devise, develop, and apply new ideas in organic chemistry to the efficient synthesis of interesting molecules, particularly natural products with medicinal applications. Natural products research impacts the development of many important drugs; relevant examples include aspirin, penicillin, cortisone, and paclitaxel. Complex natural products arise from millions of years of evolutionary screening, and often target specific interactions in intricate biological systems. In these and many other cases, organic synthesis plays a key role in helping us capitalize on desired biological activities. We can continue to benefit from this natural selection process by developing practical syntheses of natural products and analogs.

Two main criteria guide our choice of research topics in synthetic organic chemistry:
1. Will our efforts generate new knowledge in synthetic chemistry of interest to ourselves and to the greater chemistry community?
2. Will our efforts provide better access to synthetic compounds of interest to ourselves and to the greater science community?

For more information and recent publications, please refer to the Research Webpage at

Faculty Interview


Tummatorn, J.; Batsomboon, P.; Clark, R. J.; Alabugin, I. V.; Dudley, G. B. Strain-promoted azide–alkyne cycloadditions of benzocyclononynone. J. Org. Chem. ASAP.
Rosana, M. R.; Tao, Y.; Stiegman, A. E.; Dudley, G. B. On the rational design of microwave-actuated organic reactions. Chem. Sci. in press, DOI: 10.1039/C2SC01003H
Featured in Chemistry World:
Gold, B.; Shevchenko, N. E.; Bonus, N.; Dudley, G. B.; Alabugin, I. V. Selective transition state stabilization via hyperconjugative assistance: stereoelectronic concept for copper-free click chemistry. J. Org. Chem. 2012, 77, 75–89.
Wang, T.; Intaranukulkit; T.; Rosana, M. R.; Slegeris, R.; Simon, J.; Dudley, G. B. Microwave-assisted benzyl-transfer reactions of commercially available 2-benzyloxy-1-methylpyridinium triflate. Org. Biomol. Chem. 2012, 10, 248–250.
Lisboa, M. P.; Hoang, T. T.; Dudley, G. B. Tandem nucleophilic addition / fragmentation of vinylogous acyl triflates: 2‑methyl-2‑(1‑oxo-5‑heptynyl)-1,3‑dithiane. Org. Synth. 2011, 88, 353–363.